August 8, 2013

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

I've had an idea for a while to knit a circular shawl out of a somewhat accidental gradient set I realized I had out of Wollmeise Pure. I happened to put side by side all three different intensities of Magnolie and the two darkest intensities of Petit Poison Nr. 5 and noticed that they looked like a gradient someone might have designed. I decided they needed to be made into a circular shawl, starting with Magnolie light in the middle, Petit Poison Nr. 5 dark on the edge, and the remaining three in between. Then someone suggested the Secret Garden pattern, which was originally written for a similar purpose, and I decided to give it a try. The shawl turned out a bit smaller than I expected, and at a closer look the color changes are kind of abrupt, but I think it'll do for my first gradient project. I did replace the crocheted edging in the pattern with an improvised knitted one, because the only time a crochet hook gets anywhere near my projects is when I need to pick up some dropped stitches.

The Ravelry project page

14 comments:

  1. I think it's beautiful work, and I don't find it abrupt.

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    1. Heh heh, thank you! Although, in the photos the colors blend into each other a bit better than IRL.

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  2. Wow, that is spectacular! the gradient works great with this design, and the colour really emphasizes the beauty of the design. Amazing job!

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    1. Thank you! It was kind of exciting to knit in a gradient for the first time.

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  3. I saw your shawl in Rav "12 shawls forever group" and it is really beautiful. Your gradient fits nicely to pattern, good work :)

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  4. this is gorgeous, your beautiful knitting and the ombre effect. giggling about the crochet hook, yes.

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  5. woooow! That is gorgeous! i love the color!

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  6. The colour changes are great: they come at just the right points. I guess you stopped knitting with one colour when you got to the end of a section?
    I find your edging very interesting. A round of of eyelets that's edged by purl borders! That's fab, thanks so much for writing this up on the Ravelry page, that would have been my question.
    Next time I see graduated colours, I know what I'll be thinking of! Just gorgeous. You make the nicest things.

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    1. According to the pattern I did a 6-row section at each transition where I knit one row with the previous color and another with the new one (3 rows in both colors total). I tried to place these transitions at pointt in the pattern where a section of the pattern ends.

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